SojournKids

This Week in SojournKids: Angels Spoke to Mary and Joseph (Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 1:26-56)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  Mary and Joseph were chosen by God to be Jesus’ earthly parents. They were both visited by a messenger of God or through a dream and told that they would parent a child that would go on to rescue the world. Mary and Joseph had their future as parents communicated them in a number of ways. They were surely scared, but they trusted God.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  How would you share a very important message to someone? Would you do it in person?  

Read  Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 1:26-56

Questions/Apply it:

  • Who visited Mary while pregnant?
  • How was Joseph informed about the birth of Jesus?
  • How was Mary informed about the birth of Jesus?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for all that you have done for us. We thank you for your word. We thank you for Christmas. We pray that as Christmas approaches we can keep our focus on Christ and what he achieved on the cross. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.

Memory Verse: This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 1st John 4:9

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 29 - Session 1

This Week in SojournKids: Peter Healed a Beggar (Acts 3:1-10; 4:5-31)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  Peter and John run into a beggar sitting outside the gate that is beautiful. This man can not walk. Peter tells the man that he can not give him anything that he is asking for, but he will give him what he has. Peter heals the beggar and tells him to stand up and walk. The beggar does so. Later in the story the chief priests hear about what happened and they asked Peter and John whose name they healed this man in. They told them that he was healed in the name of Jesus Christ. The chief priests did not like this and they commanded them to stop performing miracles in Jesus name. Peter and John said that they could not stop. The chief priests tried to capture them, but they had no way to punish them.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever broken a bone? What was the toughest part? What helped you to get through it? 

Read Acts 3:1-10; 4:5-31

Questions/Apply it:

  • Who did Peter and John heal?
  • What did the man do when he was healed?
  • Who did not like that Peter and John healed the beggar?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for all that you have done for us. We thank you for your word. We thank you for this story of a miracle performed in the life of a beggar. Lord we pray that we can remember that you healed us from our sins just like the beggar was healed from his disability. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians follow Jesus.

Memory Verse: It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 28 - Session 2

This Week in SojournKids: The Holy Spirit Came (Acts 2:1-4; 22-42)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  The time had come for the promise made by Jesus to be fulfilled. At this point Jesus had ascended into heaven. The disciples were all together on the day of Pentecost. Suddenly a mighty wind came through the room. Flaming tongues were on the heads of the disciples. They were able to speak new languages. They shared the message of Jesus to the people there and around three thousand people became Christians.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever done anything hard? What made it hard? What helped you to get through it? 

Read  Acts 2:1-4; 22-42

Questions/Apply it:

  • Does God keep his promises?
  • Is anything impossible with God?
  • How many people became Christians?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for all that you have done for us. We thank you for your word. Just like the apostles we have been called to make disciples. We pray that we can be reminded of that on a daily basis. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians follow Jesus.

Memory Verse: It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 28 - Session 1

This Week in SojournKids: A Song of Thanksgiving (Isaiah 12)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  What was your favorite food on Thanksgiving? Were you thankful to eat that food? What are some other things you are thankful for? 

Read Isaiah 12

Questions/Apply it:

  • Why is it important to be thankful?
  • What are some everyday things that we can be thankful for?
  • Why is it important to be thankful to God?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for all that you have done for us. We thank you for time this week to focus on being thankful. We pray that we can give thanks on a regular basis. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What is our mission as believers? Our mission as believers is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Spirit.

Memory Verse: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 27 - Session 6

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus Ascended to Heaven (Acts 1:4-14)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  Jesus instructed the disciples to stay in Jerusalem. He told them that not many days later he would baptize them with the Holy Spirit. When they came together again the disciples wanted to know if Jesus planned to restore the kingdom of Israel and Jesus said that it was not for them to know. He declares that they will receive the power of the Holy Spirit and that they will be his witnesses baptizing new believers. After he said these things Jesus ascended into heaven. The disciples and others went on to worship Jesus and devote themselves to prayer.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  What holiday are we celebrating this week? What are you thankful for?

Read Acts 1:4-14

Questions/Apply it:

  • Where did Jesus tell his disciples to stay?
  • What did Jesus tell his disciples that he was going to baptize them with?
  • How did Jesus ascend into heaven?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for sending your son Jesus to earth to die on a cross for our sins. We thank you for calling us to be your disciples. We pray that we can declare your glory in everything that we do. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What is our mission as believers? Our mission as believers is to make disciples of all nations by the power of the Spirit.

Memory Verse: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 27 - Session 5